United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI) has recently announced changes in its senior management team. Chief Financial Officer, Mike Zechmeister, will step down from his current role, effective August 23, to pursue an opportunity outside of the company. John W. Howard will step into the role of Interim Chief Financial Officer to fill the gap, while UNFI searches internally and externally for a permanent replacement.
"I thank Mike for his contributions to UNFI over the past four years of significant growth and change,” Steven L. Spinner, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented. “In the near term, we're fortunate to have John's experience and financial acumen available to our board, leadership team, and finance organization. John will help continue our efforts to align and build a world-class finance organization, focusing on financial planning data, systems, and processes to drive and achieve our strategic business objectives."
Howard is relatively new to the company, having joined the team in July as Senior Vice President, Finance and Accounting. He brings with him more than 20 years of experience leading financial teams, according to a press release. Howard most recently served as Interim Chief Financial Officer for Prime Therapeutics, and before that he served as Vice President, Corporate Finance at Valspar Corporation. In his new role, Howard will work with UNFI’s financial leadership, executive team, and Board of Directors, as the company continues to execute its integration and growth plan.
Deli Market News wishes Mike the best on his new path, and congratulates John on his new position!